MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ – Deanna Andre and Keith Turner took the oath to continue serving on the Borough Council at the Tuesday, Jan. 2 Reorganization meeting, officiated by Municipal Judge Frank Sahaj. Andre has served on the council for eight years, while Turner is starting his sixth three-year term. Turner has served as Council President for 12 years and he was unanimously voted to continue in that capacity by the council.

Other highlights of the meeting were the police recognition awards as well as the lining up of the designated members of the Fire Department and Emergency Squad for taking the oath of service. The council also recognized some long-serving members of the community. Additionally, the council approved the council liaison assignments as well as the members making up the various boards and committees.

Turner chaired the meeting as Mayor Paul Mirabelli was unable to attend due to a family matter. He will give his annual message to the council and Mountainside residents at the Jan. 16 regular meeting. During his absence Councilwoman Wendy Fech-Caccamo led the invocation.

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Turner congratulated Police Lieutenant Joseph Giannuzzi for his 25 years of service to the borough. Police Chief Allan Attanasio awarded officers James Debbie and Andrew Yasinski their first Life Saving Awards of their careers. Patrolman Stephen DeVito and Sergeant Richard Huber received awards for their detective skills. Sergeant Andrew Sullivan, Sergeant Michael Jackson, Corporal Donald Amberg, Patrolman Stephen King, Corporal Shaun Bendik and Communications Officer Lewis Giordino were commended for their excellent police work.

Andre read a resolution to commend Lori Rubino and Ann Marie Pires for their long service on the Rescue Squad. Rubino has served 10 years and Pires 20 years. According to the resolution Pires has been active in recruiting new members and has acted as “a mother figure” on the squad. Turner noted that the squad is always looking for new members and encouraged residents to join the Emergency Squad.

Councilman Robert Messler pointed out that Borough Attorney John Post has worked with the council for 45 years. “It has been a pleasure working with him,” he said.

Assemblyman Jon Bramnick also stopped by at the meeting to wish everyone a happy and healthy New Year.